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I'm trying the same thing for a local site. One change I made was to set a wildcard TGID (i0) and/or enable ID Search so that I can pick up any inputs to the repeater, and not just police. Trying to get as much traffic as I can for testing purposes.
 

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I'm trying the same thing for a local site. One change I made was to set a wildcard TGID (i0) and/or enable ID Search so that I can pick up any inputs to the repeater, and not just police. Trying to get as much traffic as I can for testing purposes.[/QUOTE

Wildcard TGID??? Looks like I've got some more reading to do! I suppose I want to do something similar in that I listen to EMS and Fire/Rescue as well. You often hear things on Mutual Aid that give you an idea of what is happening on the encrypted TGs of LEOs. However, I really only want the alert for LEOs so I've tried to eliminate everything else from the inputs to keep it simple (simple may have been the wrong choice for this thread).
 

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No hits on encrypted comms yet.

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Edit: FoxStang-7 thanks to attempted suicide (not to make light of such a serious event) still no encrypted notices.
 
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Score this weekend:

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No hits on encrypted comms yet.

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Edit: FoxStang-7 thanks to attempted suicide (not to make light of such a serious event) still no encrypted notices.
Glad you’re seeing results! With so much dispatch information being transmitted to MDT units, I’m finding it to be pretty rare to pick up inputs even when I’m passing right by a cop. I got pretty lucky that first day.
 

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Glad you’re seeing results! With so much dispatch information being transmitted to MDT units, I’m finding it to be pretty rare to pick up inputs even when I’m passing right by a cop. I got pretty lucky that first day.
I'm having the same issue. All the hits were at my house with the action being close by. From my understanding, these radios send out a constant ping to the tower. I assume that's what the CC is looking for. Would that be offset from the CC frequency as well? If so, would the TGID be contained in there?

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For example; if the CC is 856.6375, would the radios connected to that site send out a constant signal at 811.6375? If they did, would the TGID be contained there as well?
 
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I'm having the same issue. All the hits were at my house with the action being close by. From my understanding, these radios send out a constant ping to the tower. I assume that's what the CC is looking for. Would that be offset from the CC frequency as well? If so, would the TGID be contained in there?

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For example; if the CC is 856.6375, would the radios connected to that site send out a constant signal at 811.6375? If they did, would the TGID be contained there as well?
Close Call is simply looking for any frequency within the bands you select that rises above a certain strength (-15dBm if I remember right). The only thing I've ever used it for is sticking another radio right next to the scanner and transmitting so that the scanner identifies the frequency of the radio.

Trying to catch those pings is really difficult for the scanner because of the way it operates, that's what I was mentioning before about it being like a slow radar detector trying to catch the super-quick 16ms POP shots. It would have to coincidentally be on that exact frequency as it scans all of your list, at the exact moment the ping happens.
 

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Close Call is simply looking for any frequency within the bands you select that rises above a certain strength (-15dBm if I remember right). The only thing I've ever used it for is sticking another radio right next to the scanner and transmitting so that the scanner identifies the frequency of the radio.

Trying to catch those pings is really difficult for the scanner because of the way it operates, that's what I was mentioning before about it being like a slow radar detector trying to catch the super-quick 16ms POP shots. It would have to coincidentally be on that exact frequency as it scans all of your list, at the exact moment the ping happens.
Sorry, I shouldn't have abbreviated. By CC I meant the control channel.

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Close Call is simply looking for any frequency within the bands you select that rises above a certain strength (-15dBm if I remember right). The only thing I've ever used it for is sticking another radio right next to the scanner and transmitting so that the scanner identifies the frequency of the radio.

Trying to catch those pings is really difficult for the scanner because of the way it operates, that's what I was mentioning before about it being like a slow radar detector trying to catch the super-quick 16ms POP shots. It would have to coincidentally be on that exact frequency as it scans all of your list, at the exact moment the ping happens.
Also, that's right! I remember you catching the ping packets sitting across from the SO. So the idea of trying to monitor that for an early alert may be better suited to a SDR?

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Yeah, I was thinking we were looking for actual voice transmissions (encrypted/digital or not) from the radios, not the periodic data packets the radios send when they are associated. I like @FoxStang's analogy of trying to catch 16ms K band POP shots. Comparatively, our scanners are like a sleeping Escort Solo.

SDR would certainly be better for capturing the data packets, and would make for an interesting "Target BlueEye" like solution. The only downside is the narrow IF bandwidth of typical consumer SDRs, but this could be overcome by using multiple SDRs at the same time. It's a really good idea @dchemist, I will certainly see how far I can get with it when I have time.
 

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Yeah, I was thinking we were looking for actual voice transmissions (encrypted/digital or not) from the radios, not the periodic data packets the radios send when they are associated. I like @FoxStang's analogy of trying to catch 16ms K band POP shots. Comparatively, our scanners are like a sleeping Escort Solo.

SDR would certainly be better for capturing the data packets, and would make for an interesting "Target BlueEye" like solution. The only downside is the narrow IF bandwidth of typical consumer SDRs, but this could be overcome by using multiple SDRs at the same time. It's a really good idea @dchemist, I will certainly see how far I can get with it when I have time.
There's some really good SDRs out there but you're right, they are expensive. Thinking about @xydrine idea of a stand alone RDFGS 2.0 type device that is custom made got me to wondering the same about a similar application here. I'm going to have to bite the bullet and order a second Raspberry Pi and learn Linux to work on a proof of concept. I think this may be a years long venture.

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Good find! It looks like you'll still be limited to ~2.4MHz of bandwidth though.

I picked up a LimeSDR mini from a previous crowdfunding campaign, and need to get that working with my RPi next. It gives you ~20MHz of bandwidth for about $100, along with a more sensitive receiver, TX capability, and on-board FPGA.
 

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Good find! It looks like you'll still be limited to ~2.4MHz of bandwidth though.

I picked up a LimeSDR mini from a previous crowdfunding campaign, and need to get that working with my RPi next. It gives you ~20MHz of bandwidth for about $100, along with a more sensitive receiver, TX capability, and on-board FPGA.
Dang, nice catch. What are you finding in the 50 MHz bandwidth range? Everything I'm finding is just way too pricey for me to pay. This is one of the cheaper options;

https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Analog-Devices/AD-FMCOMMS4-EBZ?qs=U%2brh7%2bK/Wp/MME2ZmMaccg==&gclid=CjwKCAjwrNjcBRA3EiwAIIOvq6pEypexmB5Xl7yxbYd7q1O09HolIzwNflO7MOlr9xv_sCT9qXBGtxoCNi0QAvD_BwE

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Dang, nice catch. What are you finding in the 50 MHz bandwidth range? Everything I'm finding is just way too pricey for me to pay.
The $299 LimeSDR (non-mini) is capable of ~60 MHz, but you need a pretty beefy processor to support that. I think trying to sample a full 60 MHz of bandwidth is too much to ask of something like the RPi, unless you are really good at leveraging the FPGA to minimize the computational burden.

Here is a pretty comprehensive list of SDRs and their capabilities: List of software-defined radios - Wikipedia

And here is an older roundup of SDRs: www.rtl-sdr.com: Roundup of Software Defined Radios
 

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I'm having the same issue. All the hits were at my house with the action being close by. From my understanding, these radios send out a constant ping to the tower.
No, they only transmit when the officer keys the mic, they have data to send, they move into a different coverage area or the system loses track of them.

By data, I mean GPS or Mobile Work Station or something similar if they are using the trunking system for data. Most use cellular for data though.

If you use a utility like DSD to watch the control channel, you will see this activity.
 

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No, they only transmit when the officer keys the mic, they have data to send, they move into a different coverage area or the system loses track of them.

By data, I mean GPS or Mobile Work Station or something similar if they are using the trunking system for data. Most use cellular for data though.

If you use a utility like DSD to watch the control channel, you will see this activity.
Gotcha, thanks. I'm trying to brainstorm some constant RF that we could look for but kinda coming up short.

I did notice that the SO vehicles are broadcasting WiFi (assume LTE like you started) but I think it's been discussed that that isn't going to be a workable solution based on all the other LTE devices out there.

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So to follow up, I don't believe either the InsipidMonkey or FoxStang methods will work for encrypted systems. I am receiving alerts on both conventional and trunking systems but nothing from encrypted systems. To be fair, I believe it is more to do with the BCDx36HP skipping over the encrypted TGs and I'm really not sure there is a way around this. Users of other radios may have more luck.
 

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My 396XT will not pass encrypted audio, but it WILL pause on ENC talkgroups and display the TG ID or alpha tag if I have set one. Can't you program your X36 to sound an audio alert (beep) when it stops on an encrypted TG? I have that ability with mine and it is not as sophisticated as a 436 or 536.

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My 396XT will not pass encrypted audio, but it WILL pause on ENC talkgroups and display the TG ID or alpha tag if I have set one. Can't you program your X36 to sound an audio alert (beep) when it stops on an encrypted TG? I have that ability with mine and it is not as sophisticated as a 436 or 536.

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That might be the issue; I don't recall seeing any options relating to encryption, it may have been one of those things where Uniden engineers said "Why in the world would anyone ever want this" and removed that capability to simplify the product since they were adding new features.
 

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